Thread worms can spread very easily among preschool kids, especially because these children are still not used to wash their hands before every meal. So, if one child happens to have worms it is very likely that at least some of his or her kindergarten friends will also have these.
Does Your Child Have the Symptoms?
Child infected with worms will suffer from extremely itchy bottom. They will try to scratch their bottom every chance they get, so you may see them trying to take off their nappies or clothes in order to get to the bottom and scratch some more. You may notice some strange walking, more frequent pees and they may even wet the bed at night.
For some, worms may be the cause of personality changes and
your peaceful loving and calm child might become irritated, frustrated, angry,
argumentative, crying all the time and extremely uncomfortable. These kids often
can’t sit or concentrate and they are certainly not cooperative.
If you notice these symptoms, look your child’s bottom. If you see pink or red rash around genital area it may be worms. To confirm, keep the room dark and use a torch light to look into exposed bottom and vagina (in girls). You will notice worms coming out to lay eggs, which causes irritation and discomfort to your child.
Get Rid of the Worms
Collect the worms that have come out and throw them away. This simple process will surely ease the irritation and itchiness in your child. Apply thick layer of Vaseline to genital area, to catch some of the remaining worms that will come out at nighttime. Make sure to wash all clothing, towels and linen your child has used. Use hot water and dry the laundry on the sun or in the dryer and do the same process for the rest of the family to avoid spreading the worms to anyone else.
Seek for advice from your pharmacist and choose suitable medication. There are liquids, chewable tablets or even some chocolate squares worm medications. Whole family should use it on the day you have found the worms and again a week later if someone got infested or re-infested in the meantime. Ask the pharmacist about the dose and age appropriateness of the medications.
Make sure to always have these medications at home, to be able to get some sleep after you have seen the worms. Inform your child’s teacher so they would know and prevent spreading of the infestation.